St. Edward’s Athletics Hall of Fame new inductees revealed

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St. Edward’s Athletics Hall of Fame new inductees revealed

Blake Slaughter holds the record for most rounds under par.

Blake Slaughter holds the record for most rounds under par.

Blake Slaughter holds the record for most rounds under par.

Blake Slaughter holds the record for most rounds under par.

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This year, three athletes and one head coach will be inducted into the St. Edward’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The class of inductees include Kendra Harrell, Blake Slaughter, Crystal Rosenquist (O’Brian) and David McKey.

Kendra Harrell played basketball from 1995 to 1999 and in those four seasons, she cracked the top-10 of the St. Edward’s record books in 14 different categories, including the most free throws made and attempted, with 393 and 537 respectively. In addition to winning 62% of her games, Kendra also made the Dean’s List four times during her playing career.

Blake Slaughter played golf from 2003 to 2007 and in his four seasons, he earned 3rd-Team All-American, 1st-Team All-Region and 1st-Team All-Conference honors. For his career, he shot the most rounds under par in St. Edwards history with 37, while winning 78% of his games.

Head coach David McKey led the women’s basketball program from 1984 to 1994. McKey set numerous records during his tenure on the Hilltop, as he posted eight straight winning seasons from 1985 to 1993, six conference championships, two NAIA Final Four appearances and the most wins and highest win percentage in school history with a 220-79 record (.736). McKey also won District and Conference Coach of the Year three times each.

Crystal Rosenquist, now married as Crystal O’Brian, played softball from 1996 to 1999. During her playing career she was named to 1st -Team All-Conference three times (1997-1999) and set eight top-10 softball records that include first, second and fourth most bases stolen in a season and most bases stolen in a career (51, 44, 25 and 135 respectively). O’Brian won 50% of her games, including a NAIA World Series victory during her senior season in 1999.

O’Brian, who moved to Hawaii in November with her husband and three kids, is entering her 15th year as a softball coach and a teacher. Reflecting on her St. Edward’s softball career and love for the game, O’Brian has nothing but fond memories of the Hilltop.

“Everyone was really nice,” O’Brian said. “The St. Edward’s community really supported the softball team my senior year and made it very special.”

O’Brian also left a message for current and future student athletes at St. Edward’s, encouraging them to be respectful and cherish their years on the Hilltop.

“I do have to say I gave my coaches a hard time, and I wish I would have been more coachable. It took me being a coach to realize that,” said O’Brien. “Listen to your coaches and respect your team mates. Enjoy every minute because you only get four years. Your time at St. Edward’s goes by fast.”